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Buildout Reduction panel considers doubling in size

Crosby Schwartz, Alison Groves, Mark Rochefort and Ted Siegler (from left) are on the standing committee, along with Mel McColloch (not pictured).
Crosby Schwartz, Alison Groves, Mark Rochefort and Ted Siegler (from left) are on the standing committee, along with Mel McColloch (not pictured). Cambrian file photo

When committee members studying how to reduce Cambria’s ultimate buildout convene in mid-June, one item they’re to discuss is if they should double the official size of the group.

The Buildout Reduction Citizens’ Committee of the Cambria Community Services District has five members and five alternates. The proposal being considered would confer full membership on those alternates. According to state law, that change could mean that the newly elevated alternates could serve on the committee’s important but understaffed investigative subcommittees, currently manned by members and volunteers.

At the group’s May 17 meeting, the group briefly discussed the 10-member concept, but couldn’t go any further with the topic because it wasn’t on the official agenda.

Group members will take it up again Tuesday, June 14, and could vote on a recommendation to the CCSD board, which would make the final decision, according to BRPCC Chairman Ted Siegler.

He said the June 14 meeting also will include updates on the committee’s key duties:

▪  Identifying undeveloped lots in the district and confirming how many of them really are developable

▪  Identifying all service commitments (active and inactive) CCSD has,

▪  Documenting the historical background of buildout reduction in the district and defining terms commonly used in the process.

The big task

When that work is closer to complete, Siegler told the group, then the committee will start tackling the elephant on its to-do list: Finding ways and means for buying up lots that are ultimately deemed unbuildable.

The BRPCC’s work will be incorporated into CCSD’s environmental impact report (EIR) for the Sustainable Water Facility (former Emergency Water Supply project). The report in draft form is expected to be ready by August, so the committee’s clock is ticking.

However, Siegler told the committee in May that having “the final product may not be necessary” for the EIR, “especially if the final product doesn’t (yet) have all the questions answered carefully. There’s a lot to be done.”

He said an executive summary might be sufficient for the environmental report.

The committee’s work is expected to continue after the EIR is done and, indeed, even after the district receives a permit to operate the water project permanently, as needed.

The committee’s future work could include monitoring the buildout reduction process, observing what’s working well and what isn’t, and recommending changes, if needed.

The committee’s next meeting will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Cambria Fire Department station, 2850 Burton Drive.

If you go

The next meeting of the Buildout Reduction Citizens’ Committee of the Cambria Community Services District will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Cambria Fire Department station, 2850 Burton Drive.

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